Caio Popovic

MA Candidate


Areas of Interest

  • Aspects of Theory
  • Romantic and Victorian Literature
  • Comparative Literature
  • 20th Century American Literature
  • Drug Literature


Caio Popovic is a first year MA student focusing on the intersection between psychoactive substances and Romantic literary theory. He is specifically interested in how the commodification and use of psychoactive substances like opium, nitrous oxide, caffeine, and hashish in the socio-political environment of the 19th-century interacted with the aesthetics and trends of Romantic theory and literature, exploring how the technological conception of psychoactive substances evolved within the literary imagination— as well as evolving the literary imagination itself— as it passed through the social and aesthetic context of 19th-century Europe. Caio graduated with a BA in English literature at York University, and was the recipient of The Matthew Ahern Memorial Prize, and The Department of English Retiree's Scholarship. Caio's studies are supported by the SSHRC CGS-M.